John F. Kennedy gestures during a meeting with Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown | AP Photo

John F. Kennedy gestures during a meeting with Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown | AP Photo

SAN FRANCISCO — An auction house’s offering of JFK history tied to the late Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown has concerned former Gov. Jerry Brown, who wonders why his father’s rare papers are now being sold to the highest bidder.

“I’d sure like to know why the seller is claiming anonymity — and why these documents aren’t at the UC Berkeley archives with the rest of my father’s papers,’’ Brown told POLITICO in a statement Friday.

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Sotheby’s New York officials said that they estimate the lot of material, which includes original letters from President John F. Kennedy and from Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, could bring in as much as $30,000 at a Monday auction. Additional materials include an original AP wire sent directly to the governor’s office on Nov. 22, 1963 at 12:39 EST announcing Kennedy had been shot.

The auction house said the Brown archives will be offered in a live session during the Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana offering as part of Sotheby’s Americana Week.

Dr. Kalika Sands of Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department confirmed the material comes from a private collector who wants to remain unidentified. “Individual parts … we’ve seen before in auction — but having a collection like this, where it all comes from Pat Brown,’’ is the difference, she said. “I think the way the collection stands together is fascinating … it is able to create this arc where we see a nation in mourning from one person’s point of view.”

Pete Hanff, assistant director of the University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, said that Pat Brown was a prolific governor, and that Bancroft houses 763 boxes of material from his governorship, in addition to dozens more volumes of material related to his time in office in California. The father of Jerry Brown was the state’s attorney general from 1951-59 and governor from 1959-67.

Hanff said the library has no evidence of the papers relating to JFK ever being part of its catalogues. He said that “it is entirely possible” that at some point, some of Brown’s papers were obtained by private sources or autograph collectors.

Jerry Brown, who was informed of the sale when contacted by POLITICO, confirmed this week he is not selling his father’s papers, and — to his knowledge — neither are members of his family.

Also included in the lot is a letter from JFK to Brown written only a few days before his assassination discussing Brown’s tax-reform program, which had been languishing in Congress, Sotheby’s officials said.

Sotheby’s said the letter from Johnson, “written just 10 days after he assumed office, takes on a more personal tone, with the president writing: ‘I need your help and support in the difficult days that lie ahead, and I know that I shall find it.'” And adding in his hand: “Pat, I’m depending on you in the West.”

Jacqueline Kennedy’s letter to Brown appears to express her gratitude: “It is with the deepest appreciation that I write thanking you for the time and effort you have devoted to the oral interviews for the John F. Kennedy Library. … I shall always be grateful to you for the part you have played in this project.”